California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Loch Lomond Vernal Pool Ecological Reserve - Lake County

Wildlife Viewing
The symbols above are activities permitted on this Ecological Reserve. Click for more info.

Location: Lake County - in the town of Loch Lomond.

Phone Number: (707) 944-5500

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • Camping is not allowed
  • Removal of mineral, archaeological, or natural resources in any form is prohibited except as provided in Title 14, §650.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited except on designated access roads and parking areas
  • Any refuse resulting from a person's use of an area must be removed from the area by that person

Access: From Kelseyville, take Highway 175 south to Loch Lomond. The reserve is on the west side of the highway.

Description: This 8.2 acre reserve serves to protect sensitive vernal pool plant species. It is situated in a large basin in the Mayacmas Mountains at an elevation of 2,800 feet. The vernal pool is classified as a Northern Volcanic Ash type, and supports a wide variety of plant species that are restricted to vernal pool habitats. These include coyote thistle, navarretia, downingia, and spike rush.

Recreational Use: Wildflower and wildlife viewing are permitted. Common wildlife species in the area include western toad, American kestrel, coyote, gray fox, and deer.

Hunting: Not allowed.

Facilities: None.

Directions: Hwy 175 in the town of Loch Lomond. Reserve on W side of road.

PLEASE NOTE: Area regulations are subject to change. Special restrictions on recreational uses, hunt days and methods of take are listed in the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas, available at CDFW offices and places where licenses are sold.



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